Nursing Assistant Certified
Commonly referred to as CNAs, Nursing Assistants work directly with patients in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.
NACs are qualified to work under the direction of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses and assist in the care of clients in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.
Graduates learn to maintain a safe environment for the client, provide restorative care, and communicate with clients, and understand basic concepts of care.
Upon successful completion of the NAC program, students will hold the following included certifications:
- American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Card
- Nursing Assistant Registered
- Nursing Assistant Certified
The NAC program runs approximately one college quarter and is offered both day and night each quarter during the academic year.
This course is approved and certified by both the Washington State Department of Health and Department of Social and Health Services. Upon successful completion of the Nursing Assistant Certified training program, students are eligible to take the National Nursing Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam and to become licensed in Washington State.
- Turn and reposition bedridden clients, alone or with assistance, to prevent bedsores
- Answer clients call signals
- Feed clients who are unable to feed themselves
- Observe clients conditions, measuring and recording food and liquid intake and output, vital signs and report changes to professional staff
- Provide clients with help walking, exercising, and moving in and out of bed
- Bathe, groom, shave, dress, and/or drape clients to prepare them for surgery, treatment, or examination
- Collect specimens such as urine, feces, or sputum
- Prepare, serve and collect food trays
- Clean rooms and change linens
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no application to enter this program. You do not need to attend academic advising and you do not need to take any placement tests, unless you are pursuing further education into the Registered Nursing (RN) program.
Once registration opens, you need to register for the class schedule that works best for you. Classes often fill up quickly after registration opens. Be sure that you are ready to register on the correct day and at the right time .
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Office: SWFT Center
Email Lorri Speer